These sweet handmade beaded earrings feature painted flower ceramic beads and green leaf glass beads paired with earthy betel nut heishi beads. The ceramic beads are a warm creamy color, with a painted floral design on the front of their round lentil shape. That design includes the brownish orange outlines of three little four-petalled flowers in green grass with their leaves pointed upwards. On the back of the beads is a saying in Kanji. The style of the Kanji script and the flowers is loose and flowing, suggesting these are handpainted beads. They are nestled between gold-plated double-cone spacer beads.
Below each main bead is a dangle that pairs up a green glass leaf bead with an earthy betel-nut heishi bead. These are separated by a TierraCast (made in the USA) gold-plated daisy spacer, and there is a short wire wrap at the top. The dangles are lovely complements to the ceramic beads, and add to the sense of nature in the flowery painted design.
The ear wires for this pretty pair are 22K gold-plated French hooks and come with clear earnuts (also known as ear stoppers) for better security when the earrings are worn.
Lengthwise, these earrings measure around 2 and 5/8 inches including the ear hooks. For a picture that includes a ruler for measurement, please see my photos.
I bought the ceramic beads singularly in a bead shop, along with some smaller round beads that also had a floral front and kanji on the back. When I made a pair of earrings with the smaller beads, I tried to find a translation for the kanji online, but had no success. I did discover the same saying on the rear portion of some Japanese vase beads, but no translation was provided. Thus these earrings, like those, have a bit of mystery to them. I see them as "Garden Meditation" earrings, as there is a nice aura of peace to them.
All in all, these are a sweetly earthy pair of handmade beaded dangles, with a little peaceful garden to hang from your ears!